LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid scored three goals in the first period and went on to beat Middlebury 4-2 in the Winter Carnival Tournament championship game Saturday.
Shane McNierney tallied a goal and an assist and was named the boys’ hockey tournament’s MVP.
“We had a great first period, and the pace of play in that period was quite good,” Lake Placid coach Keith Clark said. “Our D-corps played real solid (Saturday) with great awareness as a group.”
Troy Jacques, Noah Mohr and Dillon Savage found the net in the first frame, sending the Blue Bombers into the intermission with a 3-1 lead. McNierney scored 54 seconds into the second period.
Tucker Angelopoulos made 16 saves in Lake Placid’s net.
Devin Dwire and Nick Audet had Middlebury’s goals, and Sawyer Ryan stopped 22 shots.
“It was a great win and tournament victory for our squad,” Clark said. “Now we need to focus on three league games and next week’s playoffs.”
Lake Placid 4, Middlebury 2
Middlebury 1 0 1 — 2
Lake Placid 3 1 0 — 4
First period- 1, LP, Jacques, 1:35. 2, LP, Mohr (Damp, Casler), 4:19. 3, Mid, Dwire, 8:49. 4, LP, Savage (McNierney), 11:21.
Second period- 4, LP, McNierney (Smith), 0:54.
Third period- 5, Mid, Audet (Stone), 2:26.
Shots: Middlebury 18, Lake Placid 26.
Saves: Ryan, Mid, 22. Angelopoulos, LP, 16.
QUEENSbury 5, PLATTSBURGH 1
QUEENSBURY — The Spartans erased a 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals in the second period as Plattsburgh lost back-to-back nonleague games on the road.
Ryan Whalen, with John Fine-Lease assisting, gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead with 4:51 gone in the first period.
But Michael Aarons tallied two goals and Ben Willows one for Queensbury in the second. Willows added a goal on a penalty shot and Ricky Conlin then closed out the scoring with 2:03 left.
Teddy Nolan made 30 saves in the Queensbury nets and Nick Ladue, an eighth-grader making his first varsity start, 13 stops for the Hornets.
“I was hoping for a better attitude (Saturday) and for more players to sacrifice their bodies a little more,” Plattsburgh coach Jamie Reidy said. “I was very disappointed.
“With both weekend games, we need to find an identity quickly and realize our skill level is not nearly enough. Ultimately, it rests on my shoulders as the head coach — I need to do a better job heading into the end of the season.”
Salmon River 6, Northeastern Clinton 2
SALMON RIVER — The Shamrocks scored three goals in the third period to pull away from the Cougars.
The line of Chad George, Turen Boots and Sean David accounted for five of Salmon River’s six goals on the night.
George tallied three times, while Sean David connected on two. Turen Boots finished with four assists, while David had three and George, two.
Ronny Boots picked up the other goal for the Shamrocks (8-10-2).
Jared Jackson stopped 15-of-17 shots he faced for the victory.
Alex Gonyo scored two goals in the second period for Northeastern Clinton as the Cougars pulled two within one. Devon Sample collected an assist.
Anthony Piche made 35 stops on 41 shots for Northeastern Clinton.
Salmon River 6, Northeastern Clinton 2
N. Clinton 0 2 0 — 2
Salmon River 1 2 3 — 6
First period- 1, SR, George (T. Boots, David), 8:59.
Second period- 2, SR, George (T. Boots, David), 6:19. 3, SR, R. Boots (Smoke), 6:40. 4, NCCS, Gonyo (Sample), 7:34. 5, NCCS, Gonyo, 9:41.
Third period- 6, SR, George (T. Boots, David), 5:51. 7, SR, David (George), 7:40. 8, SR, David (T. Boots, George), 12:16.
Shots: Salmon River 41, NCCS 17.
Saves: Jackson, 15-17. Piche, NCCS, 35-41.
FRIDAYBETHLEHEM 6, PLATTSBURGH 5 (OT)
Kurtis Olsen and Andrew Bechard scored two goals each for the Hornets in their overtime loss. Eric Bechard added one goal.
Dean Dashnaw made 14 saves in the Plattsburgh nets as both teams took 20 shots on goal. The goal scorers for Bethlehem were not available.
The hosts scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds gone in overtime.
“We had a 5-2 lead with 10 minutes remaining in third period and we just simply blew it,” Reidy said.
“There is no excuse for blowing a lead like that – we need to figure things out quickly and realize there’s three periods to every hockey game.”
Queensbury 5, Plattsburgh 1
Plattsburgh 1 0 0 — 1
Queensbury 0 3 2 — 5
First period- 1, PHS, Whalen (Fine-Lease), 4:51.
Second period- 2, Q, Aarons (Metcalfe, Edwards), 4:59. 3, Q, Aarons (Benebetto) 10:14. 4, Willows (Tuthill, Aarons), 12:47.
Third period- 5, Q, Willows, 7:54. 6, Q, Conlin (Aarons), 12;57.
Shots: Plattsburgh 31, Queensbury 18.
Saves: Ladue, PHS, 13. Nolan, Q, 30.
Bethlehem 6, Plattsburgh 5 (OT)
Plattsburgh 2 3 0 0 — 5
Bethlehem 1 1 3 1 — 6
First period- 1, PHS, Olsen (Side), 1:59. 2, PHS, A. Bechard, 6:12.
Second period- 3, PHS, A. Bechard (Tolosky), 6:04. 4, PHS, E. Bechard (Clarke), 11:08. 5, PHS, Olsen (Tolosky), 13:51.
Shots: Bethlehem 20, Plattsburgh 20.
Saves: Dashnaw, PHS, 14.
BEEKMANTOWN 3, MASSENA 3 (OT)
MASSENA — Brendan Davison gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 7:11 of the third period.
But Jacob Vierno’s goal with 3:46 left in regulation pulled the Red Raiders into the tie to force overtime.
Davison tallied two goals and Nathan Foster one for Beekmantown, while Vierno scored twice and Patrick Manning once for Massena.
Dustin Plumadore turned away 30 shots in net for the Eagles, who were outshot by a 33-19 margin.
“This game was fast paced and physical from start to finish,” Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette said. “It could have gone either way and reminded me a lot of our state semifinal game last year in Utica against eventual state champion, CBA-Jamesville-Dewitt of Syracuse.
“Both teams battled hard for the full 45 minutes and overtime session. I was proud of the way my boys competed against a much bigger team that was in the Division I Final Four last season.
“We used this game as a barometer of where we are as a team and are better for playing it. We hope to use it as a spring board into the stretch run of our season.”
Beekmantown 3, Massena 3 (OT)
Beekmantown 2 0 1 0 — 3
Massena 0 2 1 0 — 3
First period- 1, Beek, Davison (Parent), 2:13. 2, Beek, Foster (Barriere), 8:41.
Second period- 3, Mass, Manning (Vierno, Chauvin), 10:41. 4, Mass, Young (Blair), 12:37.
Third period- 5, Beek, Davison ppg (Buksa), 7:11. 6, Mass, Vierno (Robert, Manning), 11:14.
Shots: Massena 33, Beekmantown 19.
Saves: Plumadore, Beek, 30. Paquin, Mass, 16.